Human Achievement Hour

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While all the weirdo’s are sitting in the dark at 8:30 pm tonight, I will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour by turning every light on, watching a DVD, playing music, simultaneously using my iPhone, iPad and Laptop and streaming video amongst other things:

As millions of people sit in the dark during Earth Hour to call for action against climate change this weekend, a libertarian think tank wants you to fight the power by keeping the lights on.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute plans to commemorate Earth Hour 2012 with its “Human Achievement Hour,” 60 minutes to gather with friends in a heated home, watch television and surf the Internet instead of dimming or shutting off the lights altogether to draw attention to climate change.

“HAH is an annual event meant to recognize and celebrate the fact that this is the greatest time to be alive, and that the reason we have come is that people have been free to use their minds and the resources in their environment to experiment, create, and innovate,” reads a CEI website on the event scheduled to coincide with Earth Hour 2012 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time Saturday.

Participants in the event understand the “necessity to protect the individual persons from government coercion,” according to the Washington-based think tank.

“Observers of Earth Hour want world leaders to ‘do something’ about pollution and energy use,” the website continues. “What this means is that they want politicians to use legal mandates and punitive taxes to prevent individuals from freely using resources, hindering our ability to create the solutions and technologies of the future.”

Myron Ebell, CEI’s director of energy and global warming policy, said the event is about saluting the people who “keep the lights on and produce the energy” that makes human achievement possible.


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  • Fergus

    funny how the opposite of this (human achievement hour) could be used to describe the greens.
    ie barely human and totally lacking in achievement with an attention span of way less than an hour.

  • I’ll be doing likewise. Rather than self-flagellation, sackcloth and ashes as the Earth Hour proponents would have us suffer, I will be celebrating the technological advances that have taken place in my 50+ years on God’s earth, and exercising my personal freedom to do so. I strongly encourage others to do likewise.

    I wonder what Phil U will be doing; blogging at the public library, probably

    • Cadwallader

       Everything electrical and gassed is going on here plus we have a few fireworks including home-made sky rockets!

  • Gazzaw

    Thanks for the reminder to turn every light on in the house.

  • devlsadvocate

    I’ll take the path of apathy on this one – the Earth hour morons can pat themselves on the back for “raising awareness”, some may choose to do the opposite to spite them, the vast majority of us can go on not giving a toss.

    Everyone’s got an angle, but its the bloody weekend.

    • James Stephenson

      Slacktivism FTW, hmm, isn’t it?

    • Travdog

      I like your style, just another night of Super Rugby and NRL for me. Same shit, different weekend.

      Proud to be a slacktivist.

  • Johno1234

    I took the boat out for a spin today. It doesn’t pay to let the fuel go stale in the tanks. Better to burn some and put some fresh diesel in.

  • Boss Hogg

    I will do my bit up here in Firendly Singapore – close all the doors in the three story house and crank up our seven aircon units and chill the whole place to 16 deg C while cooking a lamb (NZ) roast in the oven (or BBQ – hmmmmm).  That feels better.  Our view includes the largest Shell Oil refinery in the world.  An engineering marvel.


  • ConwayCaptain

    My Father and Mother were born in 1912 and 13 respectively.

    They saw the beginnings of flight, the building of v large ships, Dreadnought QE Class Battleships etc.  The advent of fllight across the world, telephones and then the internet.  Jet powered flight, men on the moon and space craft to the outer edges of ths solar system.

    What will their grandson see???

    • MrV

      A bunch of sad politicians talking about risk assessments.

    • davewin

       A bunch of Greens sitting round a wood fire in a cave, discussing why the wolves are getting larger and closer. (We must be of an age – Dad was born in 1904, and Mum in 1906, and yours truly in 1943)

      • ConwayCaptain

        1947 Dave.  Coldest winter in the UK in living memory and Mum and Dad had come home from 4 yrs in the Far East in the Navy.

        Only buildings in the UK heated were hospitals and all Dad had was his RN Greatcoat to keephim warm.

        I went to Conway in Jan 63 the next coldest winter!!!  Had to run half a mile for a wash in the morning and went rowing 32′ cutters on the Menai Straits in the cold. 12 teenage boys rowing a 3 tonne cutter!!!

  • Macca

    Bugga the watermelons (ref James Delingpole) I’m lighting up – electrically that is.

  • Tom

    Meanwhile Western Springs put on a great show for all.. Human achievement doesn’t get better than the smell of methanol and Castrol R for me :)

  • Thegenets

    I just decided to put the oven on a make a cake just for the sake of it

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Put your clocks back now for daylight saving, turn everything on and piss the morons off for two hours

  • Stevo

    I would love to mow the lawns now, but I know there is  a young baby next door.

  • Greg M

    Someone sent me this a few years ago..

  • Greg M

     UPDATE 12.10 hrs: I have been running the diesel fire fighting pump for the last 20 minutes, 250 hp CAT C9, Now the police helicopter ( the pork chopper)  is doing laps around the tug!!
    Best I shut it down I think.

  • Bawaugh

    Environment or not, saving energy is a good thing because it saves you money and makes it cheaper for others (reduced demand for anything reduces prices).

    As for earth hour, well meaning but actually does very little to reduce CO2. Should our Green friends actually reduce their energy output it means that power bills may be a little cheaper. So we should be saying thank-you for your efforts we are getting cheaper power.

    Now Mr Whaleoil have you done your carbon emissons for your little energy jaunt, while others shine their halos with how much carbon they have saved you can pollish yours by how much carbon you have used.

    I am sure that there is a calculator somewhere.

  • gonadman

    who the hell still watchs dvds . hd bluray is a big step forwards .dvds look pixelated now cant bear to watch em .

  • Mikeywilliams72

    Here’s what I did during earth hour.
    About two hours prior I opened my garage and lovingly looked at my fleet of cars. Two of them rotary powered gas guzzlers, one a 6L V8. I took the V8.
    I then drove to the the airport and assumed the captain seat of a Boeing 737. I uploaded approx 12 tonnes of jet fuel. I burnt over two tonne of this fuel just taxing out, taking off and climbing to cruising altitude. I then indulged in a massive feed while watching the gauges of two jet engines burn 2 tones of fuel per hour for the next three hours! I showed the first officer pictures of my boat and the pool I’m having installed at the moment. I laughed heartily at labors slaughter in Queensland.
    I then arrived at my destination, happy in the knowledge that I played my part for earth hour and celebrated with a beer. Happy!

  • Stanferguson

    There is a memorable piece on “Earth Hour” by Ross McKitrick:

    It concludes:

    “Through the use of pollution control technology and advanced
    engineering, our air quality has dramatically improved since the 1960s,
    despite the expansion of industry and the power supply.

    If, after all this, we are going to take the view that the remaining
    air emissions outweigh all the benefits of electricity, and that we
    ought to be shamed into sitting in darkness for an hour, like naughty
    children who have been caught doing something bad, then we are setting
    up unspoiled nature as an absolute, transcendent ideal that obliterates
    all other ethical and humane obligations.

    No thanks.

    I like visiting nature but I don’t want to live there, and I refuse
    to accept the idea that civilization with all its tradeoffs is something
    to be ashamed of.”

  • AnonWgtn

    Earth Hour – dammit, missed it – must have been on the bog.

  • Never in the dark….

    What’s ‘earth hour’?

  • Digit

    Its a bit like pulling up next to a Katmandu wearing Prius driver in the V8 Landrover – a total sense of superiority.

    • Roland

      Yea, I used to have 7 of them but now I have only 5, I know why they have got twin fuel tanks….

      • Greg M

        Very true Roland,
        I have had Range Rover’s for years, always fun at the gas station when some tosser in a “sensible car” is bitching about his $80 fill up when I am there with a deadpan face as the pump ticks over $200.
        A few people at gas stations have actually asked why I have a “remuera tractor”, answer is simple , I have a 25 foot caravan to tow,  it is my only vehicle and does less than 3000km a year.
        Fuck the greenies, I want power and comfort and I use it only when necessary.